Small Community Collections Enabling Diversity: Local History Rooms in Tasmania

By Robin Johnston.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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This paper considers the role of local history rooms as small cultural institutions which are very often located in rural areas and may play a part in contributing to a sense of place and community. As small cultural institutions, these places are promoted through online profiles of the locations and communities they represent. The local history rooms appear to be repositories for artefacts valued by the community and would appear to be potential fieldwork sites for children’s learning. The paper highlights the potential of local history room collections as displayed on Tasmanian local history room websites for student engagement, partnership and learning in a time of ferment in curriculum development in Australia. This exploratory work of small rural local history collections builds on previous research of online museum pedagogies and curricula for children.

Keywords: Rural Museums Online, Community, Local History

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.41-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.154MB).

Dr. Robin Johnston

Senior Lecturer in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia

Robbie Johnston has a strong interest in socio-cultural perspectives to education, particularly in rural and regional contexts. Her PhD research contributes insights about the teaching and learning of history within the school curriculum and teacher education. Her recent research has explored similar themes in teaching and learning in cultural institutions and schools. Robbie’s research interests encompass online curricula and pedagogies as well as community based teaching and learning.

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